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Object Name Robe, Lap
Date 1870-1900
Maker American Buffalo Robe Co.
Material Wool/Rubber
Used Fort Edward area?
Description "Buffalo Robe." Imitation buffalo lap robe, rectangular: made of dark brown woven wool, called "poodle cloth" on both sides. One side (front) has a plush or velour surface, the other (back) is looped to look like curly fur. There is a double-layer of scalloped fringe made of lighter brown felt around the edges. There are two fabric loops in the 'top' corners on the back.
The blanket is lined with a very stiff rubberized material to make it waterproof. Label on back, near bottom edge, says "American Buffalo Robe Co. / Buffalo N.Y." William H. Hill of Newton & Hill in Fort Edward, NY (distributors of Machinery, Hardware and Mill Supplies, Du Pont Explosives) did not indicate who used the robe, but it is likely that it was used by him or his parents in the Fort Edward area.
Notes The owner/donor did not know that the robe was imitation buffalo rather than real buffalo hide. He states in a letter dated May 16, 1956: "I am mailing you today the Buffalo robe, less head and tail. Trust you may find some use for it."
The American Buffalo Robe Co. [address: Nos. 1,3,5,7 Howell St., Buffalo, N.Y.] No dates of operation are available yet.
Dimensions W-58 L-67 inches
Collection TRAN40A05
Catalog Number 1956.033.0001
Other number AM 0401
Imagefile 051\1956.033.0001.jpg
Species Robe, Lap